On my last trip to Okinawa I visited the relatively new Chura-Sun beach (美らSUNビーチ) right to the south of Naha Airport and saw this group of wedding photographers doing their best to capture a young couple in the classic “groom getting blown away”. If you have ever been to a wedding in Okinawa, you know this pose! I was there in the winter and the beach was quite deserted, not least due to the cold winds. Even Okinawa gets chilly in the winter. I always thought of Okinawa as Japan’s own paradise. It is quite expensive to go there from the mainland but I am sure the locals are happy to keep it that way. I wouldn’t mind spending a few months there in spring or summer!
One of the many island in Japan’s famous Matsushima Bay is Fukuura (福浦島), probably not the most scenic but easily the most accessible. It’s easy to find too – as you reach the far end of Matsushima city you’ll see a rest house and a long flat bridge painted bright red, the 252m long Fukuura bridge that ended the island isolation back in 1933 (until then it was only accessible by boat). The island is not big, about 300 times 250m but it has a very varied topology making it a rather interesting hike. The island has a small sandy bay, a look out post, some rather interesting and extremely secluded beach caves (good luck finding them!) and a temple complete with a nice restaurant/rest stop. I went there last autumn so the weather was pretty bad and it was rather cold but being a big fan of islands I enjoyed it anyway. Another good thing about not going in the summer is that you beat the crowds. For a die hard Tokyoite like that is very, very, big plus. I’ll be posting some more photos tomorrow. Enjoy!